According to the report above, growth is also driven by the fact there’s a rise in the number of organisations, coupled with the implementation of advanced technologies and adoption of smartphones. Ultimately though, the driver, in our opinion at least, is something altogether more ‘human’; namely the essential need for employers to better support employee wellbeing.
Appreciating a job well done
According to Legal & General’s latest Wellbeing at Work Barometer, recognition for work well done represents the top activity that improves wellbeing in the workplace for 45% of employees at UK SMEs. Line managers, the very people to whom most teams look for recognition, also seek acknowledgement for work well done, placing this as their top answer too.
To date, reward and recognition has largely sat within HR’s remit, which supports line managers in implementing it. This is now evolving rapidly, with forward-thinking organisations now treating reward and recognition as a business-critical matter, a piece of work that sits at the very top of how they support culture and purpose.
How can you determine whether your reward and recognition programme is adding value to the bottom line?
Saul Meyer, co-founder and CEO at Xexec, which is EQ HR Solutions’ reward and recognition partner, sets out the questions every business should ask itself:
- Does it support employee retention? A well designed and implemented reward and recognition scheme can help improve employee retention. The more satisfied the employee, the higher the retention. High retention is testament to how good it feels to be part of the company, as well as rewards the company with a positive and attractive reputation.
- Does it help enforce a positive culture? Implementing a reward and recognition programme that links directly to your organisation’s values ensures that your employees are engaged for the right reasons and in a way that will benefit the business and reinforce your culture. For example, if teamwork is important for your organisation, make sure people are recognised for it.
- Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Companies are becoming far more innovative in the way they reward their employees. Some great examples of this are rewarding employees with extra leave, the ability to shadow the CEO for a week, or simply saying thank you or well done in front of the team, or on a winner’s wall on a digital platform. Great recognition doesn’t have to cost anything, but it can be immensely valuable to people and business.
Take a look at the solutions EQ can offer to create a meaningful benefits programme that is built on your staff needs. Otherwise contact us through the link below.
*This article was written for, and features in REBA, October 2021